How a U2 Anthem Defined Generation X

U2 band members The Edge (left), Bono, and Adam Clayton perform during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2016. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)
Released as a single 33 years ago this week, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ is that rare song that was always a classic.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything… (1989), Lloyd Dobler sketches out a stumbling, uncertain-but-nevertheless-determined path for his and my generation:

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.” “We’re not sure what we want, but not this,” was a strange but endearing generational rallying cry. Few of us who saw the film in our teens or early twenties failed to laugh with recognition.

Ascribing common traits to an

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